Maria thibodeau photography


I am a Martha's Vineyard native, second-generation photographer, and a high school English teacher. I spent 25 years living "Off-Island" and swore I would never move back, but the island has a magnetic pull all its own. 

I love to photograph families and children captured in natural interaction - my own toddler daughter is possibly the most-photographed child in the history of photography - though living in New Mexico inspired me to start trying landscape photography, which I have continued to do here on Martha's Vineyard with my Chasing the Light project.

You can find my journalism work in the Vineyard Gazette on a regular basis and you can see my Martha's Vineyard photos on display at the Kelley House Gallery.

My philosophy as a photographer is that photos are the most powerful gift we can give each other – a frozen instant to crack open and reveal secret rooms of memory, of love, of connection. I think often about the fantastic evolution of photography, how the only evidence that exists of my ancestors is a formal posed portrait, in paint, or one stiff daguerreotype of my mom’s mom’s mom’s mom, but how my descendants will get to see hundreds of pictures of me, should they want to: every single school portrait and birthday dinner and soccer game and beach day. 

We take it so much for granted, in these days of instant gratification and cameras in everyone’s pocket – but I believe that photos are so much more than bits of data to languish on our hard drives. They are worth the time and effort and careful curation to hold and preserve all that we most value: each other. I take great care in helping you, my client, find the right products and prints to display your images for lasting quality and impact.

I am honored to be there to capture all your moments both ordinary and extraordinary and I look forward to working with you. Please view my galleries to see some of my work, visit my reviews page to read client testimonials, and visit my contact page to schedule a session now.